About Innovation Week

Birmingham Innovation Week is an annual celebration of innovation in Birmingham and the inventors, investors, entrepreneurs, supporters and catalysts that drive it. It is an open platform to showcase the numerous organizations and initiatives that support the Birmingham Innovation ecosystem and the rich human capital foundation that drives it.



2016 Innovation Week Events

Friday, August 19, 2016

Innovation Week Birmingham Kick-off Block Party

Birmingham is celebrating innovation and the companies that are helping define our city as a great place to do business with a Block Party, sponsored by Good People Brewing Co. Food trucks, live music and art will be featured. Learn more about all the activities that will be taking place during Innovation Week Birmingham and enjoy the tastes and sounds of Birmingham's best! Its’ a great way to warm up for the Barons home game against the Jackson Generals.

Time: 4 to 7 p.m.

Venue: In front of Good People Brewing Co., on 14th Street between First Avenue South to Second Avenue South

The Block Party is free to attend. For more information, contact Loren Traylor or Brittney Smith.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Innovation Day @ McWane Science Center

Bring out your inner inventor at McWane Science Center's celebration of Birmingham Innovation Week! Try your hand at making and tinkering as we explore creativity through science. Experiment with electricity by designing and constructing functioning circuits using conductive materials, and design and build a creative ball-in contraption from familiar materials.

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Venue: McWane Science Center, 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

For more information, visit www.mcwane.org.

Monday, August 22, 2016

UAB Innovators Awards Breakfast and Innovation Showcase

The Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will recognize UAB innovators who were issued patents or whose technologies were licensed or used to launch startups in 2016. A variety of UAB startup companies and innovations will also be exhibited and breakfast provided.
Note: The Administration Building elevators only go to the 13th floor. Once on the 13th floor, you will see a sign directing you to the elevator that will take you to the 14th floor Penthouse (or you can use the stairs to the left of the elevators).

Time: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Venue: UAB Administration Building Penthouse: 701 20th Street South, 14th floor

Click here for more information and to register.

Innovation Week Birmingham Ribbon Cutting

This is the official kick-off of 2016 Innovation Week Birmingham! Join regional business leaders and elected officials as we cut the ribbon and celebrate innovation in Birmingham and the inventors, investors, entrepreneurs, supporters and catalysts that drive it.

Time: 3 p.m.

Venue: Innovation Depot, 1500 First Avenue N., Birmingham, AL 35203

For more information, contact Loren Traylor of the Birmingham Business Alliance.

Red Mountain Makers Open House

Come visit the Red Mountain Maker space! See some of the projects currently underway, explore the ways you can work with an Arduino, and check out group workshops.

Time: 6 p.m.

Venue: Red Mountain Makerspace, 5502 1st Avenue North, Birmingham AL 35212

Click here for more information and to register.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Funding Your Dream

Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, Bankers and Private Equity companies, constantly communicate about how there’s an abundance of money available for companies. Yet, companies who need funding constantly communicate the fact that they’ve been unable to obtain needed funds for their company.
Funding has never been “one-size-fits-all” proposition. During this seminar, the host, keynote speaker, moderator and panelists will:
  • Share with attendees how to navigate the options and determine the best fit for their business.
  • Glean insight from experts in investment, loans, equity, and all things money, as they dig deep into the “gaps” that exists.
  • Take a “deep dive” into the details of how to obtain funding from a variety of sources.
Emily Hart, Marketing Director of MotionMobs, will host a panel that will include featured speaker Robert Simon, President of Corporate Reality Associates and moderator Mark Wesson, CEO of BMSS Wesson Wealth Solutions. Panelist include Brad Spencer, CEO of Blondin Bioscience; Jonathan Geisen, Shareholder at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; Will Wright, CEO and Co-Founder of Pack Health, LLC; Larry Lilley, CEO of CTS; and Bob Hergenrother, Director at Southern Research.

Time: 9 to 11 a.m.

Venue: Edge of Chaos at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1700 University Blvd., Fourth floor, Lister Hill Library, Birmingham, AL. 35294

Click here to register.

TechTuesday Sponsored by Burr & Forman

TechTuesday is TechBirmingham's monthly speaker series program. Presenters include local tech company CEO’s, CIO’s as well as leaders in the community, technologists and experts in technology. Topics vary each month and audience members always leave learning something new. Speaker: Joshua Jones, Managing Partner of StrategyWise

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Venue: Burr & Forman Auditorium 420 N 20th Street #3400 Birmingham, AL 35203

Click here to register.

Behind the Scenes of Innovative Businesses

It's easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged starting a business. Get inspired by local entrepreneurs who have turned their ideas into successful businesses that are now cornerstones of Birmingham. Each of the leaders on this panel had vision that has ignited their business growth. Come and take a peek “behind the scenes” of their companies, and catch a glimpse at what led them to achieve their goals using creativity and innovation.
Emily Hart, Marketing Director of MotionMobs, will moderate a panel that includes Stephen Preston, CEO of Red Sky Studios; Eric Meyer, Managing Partner and Brewmaster of Cahaba Brewing Co.; and Tricia Wallwork, CEO of Milo’s Tea Co. Inc.

Time: 3 to 5 p.m.

Venue: MAKEbhm, 4000 Third Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35222

Click here to register.

Selling Your Innovative Solution to the Health Care Industry

Dr. Tom McDougal, CEO and Founder for Gylen Castle LLC and Alternavisit, will share his insights, experiences and strategies related to effective marketing and sales to health care organizations. Participants will learn the key principles and strategies included in his new book, “Selling to the Pain: Closing More Deals in Healthcare Sales.” In addition, there will be a panel of health care professionals sharing insights into what gets their attention and helps close a deal.

Time: 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Venue: Birmingham Business Alliance, 505 20th St. N., Suite 200, Birmingham, AL 35203

Click here to register.

Startup Drinks Pitch Night

Come be a part of Birmingham's growing startup scene. Meet and hangout with local startup founders, employees and enthusiasts.

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Venue: Velocity Accelerator at Innovation Depot, 1500 First Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Space is limited. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Click here to learn more about 1 Million Cups.

Time: 9 a.m.

Venue: Innovation Depot, 1500 First Avenue N., Birmingham, AL 35203

To register, contact Kathleen Hamrick.

UAB Online Master's in Sustainable Smart Cities

Learn about this unique 24-month, part-time professional Master's degree program delivered 100 percent online by experienced faculty from the USA and UK.

The Sustainable Smart Cities Master's program from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA) and Staffordshire University (UK) is a unique professional postgraduate program that provides an inter-disciplinary grounding in the principles, application and key technologies required to develop sustainable smart cities.

Delivered by experienced faculty at both UAB and Staffordshire University, this genuinely international program will equip you with the knowledge, skills and critical thinking to assess, design and implement sustainable smart cities strategies across the globe.

The program offers a broad curriculum covering sustainability theory, sustainable urban development, low carbon and renewable energy systems, green infrastructure, natural resource management, health and liveability, transport and mobility, big data analytics and smart technologies.

Presented by:

Fouad H. Fouad, PhD, Chair and Professor, UAB School of Engineering; and Director of the UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center (SSCRC)

Jason T. Kirby, PhD, Professor and Director of the UAB Master's in Sustainable Smart Cities

Time: 10:30 am.

Venue: Innovation Depot, 1500 First Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Click here for more information about the program and RSVP to Maria Norena at UAB.

Blazer Innovation Challenge Sponsored by iBERIABANK

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Venue: UAB iLab at Innovation Depot, 1500 First Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

For more information and to register, contact Kathleen Hamrick.

IT Gender Gap: The Role of Female Programmers in a Male Dominated Industry

The Birmingham Business Alliance's Birmingham Regional Enterprise Council and Women's Business Council will present this luncheon designed to help bridge the gender gap and encourage more females to enter "Innovative Technology" fields. Tanveer Patel, named by Upstart Business Journal as one of the nation's Top 100 Influential Thinkers, will be the keynote speaker, Tanveer brings two decades of successful business ventures partnering health care with information technology.

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Venue: Birmingham Business Alliance Auditorium, 505 20th St. N., Suite 200, Birmingham, AL 35203

Click here for more information and to register.

Hackathon: Ed Foundation/EAB Network Application

Come one, come all! Join the Birmingham Education Foundation and the Education Advisory Board for a Hackathon on August 24 at Innovation Depot! Committed to ensuring more Birmingham City students are on the pathway to college and career readiness, the Ed Foundation is partnering with EAB to develop an open source Network Application to match students and residents with community resources and partners. Since this application is open source, we are inviting programmers of all experience levels and backgrounds to participate in this hackathon. Expert support will be present on site, as well as roles for everyone from front-end developers to back-end developers. The goal of this hackathon is to prepare our application for roll out by September 1. We will get started in Innovation Depot's UAB iLab at 11:30am and go until 5:00pm, but feel free to stop in at any point. Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more about this project, check out the framework at https://github.com/edbirmingham/network/wiki

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m

Venue: Innovation Depot, 1500 First Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

For more information and to register, contact Andrew Mitchell.

Get Your Business Online

Zeekee is partnering with the City of Birmingham Office of Economic Development and the Birmingham Public Library to help businesses learn more about Google My Business. Zeekee will help your business set up its account and get instantly verified at one of these two workshops ... all for FREE. Zeekee will teach you how to establish and manage your Google presence and have complete control over your business listings.
There are TWO event times, so you can attend the one that best fits your schedule. The first session starts at 9:30 a.m. and the second session starts at Noon.

Time: 9:30 a.m. and Noon

Venue: Birmingham Public Library, Arrington Auditorium, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203

Click here for more information and to register.

Viperline Solutions Presents: Trends in Cyber Security and Ransomware with Former Facebook Malware Expert, Nick Bilogorskiy

Come learn the latest trends in cyber security and ransomware from Nick Bilogorskiy, former Chief Malware Expert and security spokesperson for Facebook. Skilled in reverse engineering, analysis, writing patterns and tracking malware, Nick kept one billion active users safe and secure at Facebook, but is currently working on a new next-generation anti-malware startup, Cyphort.
Viperline Solutions, an Innovation Depot member company, is one of the Southeast's fastest growing value added resellers. Delivering next-gen security products from around the globe, Viperline offers a wide array of products and solutions for businesses of any size, type, and caliber. Through their partnership with Cyphort, Viperline is able to host this great event at the Innovation Depot. Come join us!

Time: 5 p.m.

Venue: Velocity Accelerator Space @ Innovation Depot, 1500 First Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Click here for more information and to register.

Depot/U Turns One!

Depot/U is turning One! We can't believe it has already been a year since we launched our first class in Fall 2015. Come help us celebrate at Avondale Brewing Co. on August 24th at 5:30pm.

Exciting things will be happening at our party that you don't want to miss. Depot/U's CEO, Matt Landers, will be speaking on the creation and success of Depot/U. Local tech startups will be talking about what it takes to start your own business and how to acquire your first job in development. And last, but not least, Depot/U graduates will be there demoing the applications they built while working on a team during the 10-week program.

But wait, there's more! Throughout the evening we will be giving away prizes, but you'll want to stick around until the end because we'll be giving away a DJI PHANTOM DRONE!!!

It's been an unforgettable year, Birmingham, and we have you to thank for that! So join us for an evening of fun, tech and brews!

And yes, there will be cake!

Please RSVP - so we can make sure we get enough cake ;)

Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Venue: Avondale Brewing Co., 201 41st St. S., Birmingham, AL 35222

Click here to register.


SIP is a celebration of the impact of creative entrepreneurs on innovation in Birmingham. The makers and creators in this city are a tight knit group of people who put their community first and see their ideas take flight. SIP is an opportunity for us to gather, connect with community resources and grow our insights as we sip good coffee and good brews. Join us as we Share Inspiring People through some amazing entrepreneurial key notes and our collective conversations.
There’s no reason to do the journey alone. Come SIP with us.
This event is a beautiful collaboration between REV Birmingham and Royal Cup Coffee and Tea.

Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Venue: Trim Tab Brewing Co., 2721 5th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233

Click here for more information and to register.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Birmingham Creative Roundtable presents Legal and Accounting Essentials for your Business

Is your organization set up correctly for both now and in the future? Are you practicing good accounting habits for a healthy business? If you are not sure, have no fear! Our next Birmingham Creative Roundtable will feature a panel with two highly knowledgeable folks who are sure to help you get on the right track. Darlene L. Wilson, RTRP, is Senior Manager Accountant and Owner of RAM Accounting, a business that she started over 10 years ago. Josh Andrews is a business lawyer and managing partner of Gray Jenkins. Both are very passionate about small business and spend time working with up-and-coming entrepreneurs to make sure they are making wise decisions and are starting good habits for successful, sustainable businesses.
Darlene and Josh will both speak on the essentials you need to know for your business from accounting and legal perspectives and then we will open it up to the group for questions. Whether you are thinking about starting a new business or are several years down the road, now is the time to get straight on your legal and accounting questions. As always, Birmingham Creative Roundtable is a place for learning and connectivity in the budding creative community of Birmingham. We are thrilled to be meeting at The Nest in Avondale. The event is free and everyone is invited. Please RSVP to bhamcreativeroundtable@gmail.com and come early to grab your coffee and pastry.

Time: 7:30 a.m.

Venue: The Nest in Avondale, 130 41st St. S., Suite 101, Birmingham, AL 35222

To register, contact bhamcreativeroundtable@gmail.com.

How to use virtual reality on a local level

Want to learn more about virtual reality and how it can impact your business? Come join us for lunch and immerse yourself in an interactive tour of how this new technology can benefit you. This new technology - with products like Oculus Rift and HTV Vive taking the market by storm - is rapidly becoming more accessible. It's more than just for games.

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Venue: Zeekee, 700 Montgomery Highway, Suite 140, Vestavia, AL

For more information and to register, contact Kassady Gibson.

Magic City Coders Showcase

For the second consecutive year, BBVA Compass and sngular joined forces with the UAB iLab to identify talented developers during a two-week challenge, to foster local tech talent, and encourage future innovators and entrepreneurs in order to mold the next generation of leaders that will break new ground in the financial services space. Participants were paired in four teams of three and tasked with developing a prototype fintech app. The teams worked under the guidance of BBVA Compass and sngular, with support from experts in areas like user experience (UX), front-end development and agile project management.
Their products will be showcased during Innovation Week Birmingham 2016.

Time: 3 p.m.

Venue: Innovation Depot Training Room, 1500 First Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Click here for more information and to register to attend.

Depot Connect

Join us for casual networking with our Innovation Depot Member Companies! This is a weekly event at Innovation Depot that is open to the public during Innovation Week Birmingham 2016.

Time: 4 p.m.

Venue: Innovation Depot, 1500 First Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Click here to RSVP to attend.

Depot/U Open House

Come learn about Birmingham's first developer bootcamp, Depot/U. Depot/U is a full-time program that trains beginner/beginning developers to be developers. No prior experience is required for the course. At our open house we will provide additional insight into the program, allowing potential candidates to speak with instructors, the company’s leadership team, and graduates.

Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Venue: Innovation Depot, 1500 First Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Click here to register.

Advances in Zika Research

Southern Research’s rapid and multi-faceted response to the emerging threat of the Zika virus will be explored in a panel discussion. Infectious disease scientists at the Birmingham-based non-profit organization have been heavily involved in efforts to understand and combat Zika, which has been linked to severe birth defects and other neurological conditions. Southern Research panelists are Jonathan Rayner, Ph.D., director of infectious disease research; Timothy Sellati, Ph.D., chair of the Infectious Diseases Department; Sarah Ziegler, Ph.D., a biosafety professional; and Rossi Carlson, advanced marketing specialist. The panel will explain how the organization has approached research into the poorly understood mosquito-borne virus while also engaging in community and public relations outreach to increase awareness and preparedness.

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Venue: Southern Research, Martin Library, 2000 9th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205

Click here to register.

Business@Sunset, presented by Southern Research

Connect with business leaders from diverse industries at this unique Birmingham Business Alliance Business@Sunset reception, presented by Southern Research. Southern Research is a world-class scientific and engineering research organization headquartered in Birmingham.

Time: 5 to 7 p.m.

Venue: Southern Research, Quinlan Castle Courtyard, 2000 Ninth Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205

Click here to RSVP to attend.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The 18th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival

The Tension Between Expediency and Correctness for Innovation

Most things in life involve making decisions based on trade-offs. Josh Adams, founder of DailyDrip.com and Consulting CTO of isotope|eleven, will look at some examples of trade-offs between expediency and in doing things the "correct" way and why in programming, and the pros and cons on each side of the spectrum. This seminar will also explore some rarely considered results of successful software that tips the scales a bit towards correctness.
This presentation was also presented at a special UN committee hearing for IT planning. It's an incredible presentation, the speaker is one of the brightest programmers in Birmingham and leads many of the Birmingham programming meetup groups. He also won Alabama Launchpad last year with his startup DailyDrip.com.
5k giveaway: Do you or your business have an idea for a new app and want help bringing it to life? Stop by the seminar or find an isotope|eleven rep to submit the idea in our Phase 0 giveaway. You'll receive a $5,000 consulting package that wireframes the entire idea and provides you with a free interactive prototype.

Time: 10 a.m.

Venue: UAB iLab at Innovation Depot, 1500 First Avenue N., Birmingham, AL 35203

For more information and to register, email Oliver Weiss or call (205) 602-1608.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Silicon Cowboys, a documentary showing at the Sidewalk Film Festival

Take a look at the history of Compaq and its development of the portable personal computer in the 1980s. In a classic David-and-Goliath story, Compaq challenged IBM's dominance of the personal computer industry. Follow the meteoric rise of this company and the men who founded it as they transform the landscape of the technology business and alter the course of personal computing forever.

Time: 2:40 to 4 p.m.

Venue: Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret 301 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Click here for more information.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Interactive and Innovative Storytelling

Learn more about how these filmmakers are working to use new technologies and new approaches to make interactive films and tell their stories in innovative ways.

Jen West
Four x Productions

Michael Arcos
Andrew Beck Grace

Matt Soson

Time: 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Venue: Ruston Theatre at McWane Science Center, enter from Third Ave. N.

Click here for more information and to register.